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  • Make PDFs Interactive with Kami
    • Last week, my students began reading excerpts from The Sixth Extinction to complement our Environmental Unit. I shared the PDF version because our library only had a few copies of the book. When my students asked me how I wanted them to annotate the text, I said they could make annotative notes…
    • Kami, Google Classroom, students, awesome Google Chrome, Chrome Extension
  • Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) Using Google Docs
    • Differentiate with Learning Menus Using Google Docs! I love learning menus, and it is one of my favorite ways to incorporate choice and differentiate learning. What are Learning Menus? Learning menus or choice boards are a form of differentiated learning that give students a menu or choice of learning activities….
    • choice boards, middle square, Unit Tic-Tac-Toe menu, blank tic-tac-toe template, Study Tic-Tac-Toe template
  • Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading
    • My 90 minute English class begins with 15 minutes of silent sustained reading every day. I prioritize this time because I know students won’t love every book we read as part of our curriculum. I want to give them the opportunity and time to read anything that interests them. They can read…
    • book club, literature circles, silent sustained reading, students, book club style
  • The True Power of Technology
    • He told me that this year he wanted a friend.  Just one. That other kids didn’t like him. That they made fun of him.  That they were mean.  That they went out of their way to make him feel less than. That perhaps he had no reason to be alive…
    • student reading experiences, technology, book  Passionate Learners, kids, Mrs. Ripp
  • Want to Deliver an Unforgettable Presentation? Use These 4 Proven Strategies From TED Talks
    • ‘Death by PowerPoint’ needs to stop. Here’s a rescue plan.
    • TED Talkers, TED Talkers talk, business presentations, ,

Score: 737.7286329613316
URL: http://catlintucker.com/2017/04/annotate-pdfs-with-kami/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 21:01:37 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2017-04-11T08:16:45+00:00
Author: Catlin Tucker

  • When my students asked me how I wanted them to annotate the text, I said they could make annotative notes in digital notebooks since I wasn’t aware of a free tool that would allow them to easily annotate a PDF.
  • Kami allows the user to: – – Even though Kami saves annotations every minute, some students immediately close their Chromebooks when they are finished reading and annotating, so it’s possible they might lose the last couple of notes they made if they don’t click the “save now” button.
  • A teacher can find a PDF they want students to actively read and share that PDF via Google Classroom.
  • If students have already added Kami as a Chrome Extension, then they will be asked if they want to open the PDF you’ve shared with Kami.
  • As soon as it’s opened using Kami, your students will have access to all of the features listed above and you will be able to see their annotations when you click into their assignments in Google Classroom!

Tags: Kami, Google Classroom, students, awesome Google Chrome, Chrome Extension

Score: 591.3201861480566
URL: http://shakeuplearning.com/blog/interactive-learning-menus-choice-boards-using-google-docs/
Tweeted At: Wed Feb 07 18:40:15 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2017-11-07T05:35:18+00:00
Author: Kasey Bell

  • I love learning menus, and it is one of my favorite ways to incorporate student choice and to differentiate learning.
  • Learning menus (aka choice boards) are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities.
  • I have found that menus and choice boards tend to be more popular among elementary teachers, but I used them in my middle school classroom, and now I use them in professional learning workshops with adults.
  • Student choice is the big idea behind learning menus and choice boards.
  • Then I move into an activity like the Chrome PD Tic-Tac-Toe learning menu to allow teachers to dig deeper into their own subject areas and grade levels AND move at a pace that is comfortable for their level and learning style.

Tags: choice boards, middle square, Unit Tic-Tac-Toe menu, blank tic-tac-toe template, Study Tic-Tac-Toe template

Score: 112.75328451374065
URL: http://catlintucker.com/2015/04/fun-assessment-for-silent-sustained-reading/
Tweeted At: Sat Feb 10 14:01:36 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2015-04-08T10:17:12+00:00
Author: Catlin Tucker

  • I had tried everything from the traditional book report style assessment to more creative movie trailers, but I didn’t feel like they accomplished what I wanted from a silent sustained reading assessment.
  • I thought about what inspired me to read my book club books and the answer was that I really enjoyed that evening of food, conversation, and friends.
  • So, I decided to design a book club style chat assessment for our silent sustained reading.
  • I’ve also included a link to a Google document with a detailed explanation of the assignment for any teacher interested in using it!
  • This book club style chat has become a favorite with my students.

Tags: book club, literature circles, silent sustained reading, students, book club style

Score: 67.21479340778413
URL: https://pernillesripp.com/2018/02/09/the-true-power-of-technology/
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 13:24:15 +0000 2018
Publish Date: 2018-02-09T13:12:42+00:00
Author: Pernille Ripp

  • And so I shared, the least I could do, and the very next day she had 85 comments from kids around the world telling her to write more.
  • She knew that at our school perhaps many wouldn’t see past the hat, the tail, the laugh, but online, she was something.
  • At the end of the year, she wrote a speech detailing how friends found online were true friends.
  • This book focuses on the five keys we can implement into any reading community to strengthen student reading experiences, even within the 45 minute English block.
  • If you are looking for solutions and ideas for how to re-engage all of your students consider reading my very first book  Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students.

Tags: student reading experiences, technology, book  Passionate Learners, kids, Mrs. Ripp

Score: 54.333193667882966
URL: https://www.inc.com/glenn-leibowitz/want-to-deliver-an-unforgettable-presentation-use-these-4-proven-strategies-from.html
Tweeted At: Fri Feb 09 21:32:32 +0000 2018
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Author: Glenn Leibowitz

  • Since the first TED conference in 1984, thousands of TED Talks with “ideas worth spreading” have inspired and educated millions of people around the world.
  • Here are a few ways TED Talks can serve as the perfect cure for “Death by PowerPoint.”
  • Many business presenters spend too much time looking at their slides, or looking down at their notes, rather than looking at the audience to whom they are supposedly addressing their message.
  • Even if you’re not really interested in the topic or content of a TED Talk, I dare you to not be interested in the stories TED speakers use to deliver their messages.
  • So why not set a time limit to business presentations?

Tags: TED Talkers, TED Talkers talk, business presentations, ,

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